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Politics & Voting in Virginia

The Political Climate in Virginia is Somewhat liberal.

In Virginia 49.8% of the people voted Democrat in the last presidential election, 44.4% voted Republican, and the remaining 5.8% voted Independent.

Virginia voted Democratic in the last three Presidential elections, after voting Republican in 2000 and 2004.
In the last Presidential election, Virginia remained moderately Democratic, 49.8% to 44.4%


The BestPlaces Liberal/Conservative Index
Virginia is Somewhat liberal

The BestPlaces Liberal/Conservative Index is based on recent voting in national elections, federal campaign contributions by local residents, and consumer personality profiles.
VoteWord™

Displaying 16 years of Presidential voting, visualized in one word.

Virginia, Virginia: r r d d d

How It Works:
Here at BestPlaces, we were looking at the voting patterns since the 2000 election and realized that we could express the results of each election as one letter. R if the Republican candidate won, D for the Democrat and I for the Independent. The five elections (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) would be expressed as five-letter word (R R D R R).

Then we went a little further and added the dimension of magnitude. If the difference of victory was greater than 10 percent, the letter is upper case, and lower case if the difference was less than 10 percent. This allows us to see interesting voting patterns at just a glance.

Here’s the VoteWord for Iowa – d r d d r. In the last five elections the state has been closely contested, voting narrowly for the Republican candidate in 2016 after voting Democratic in 2008 and 2012. Virginia (r r d d d) has voted narrowly Democratic in the last three elections.


Individual Campaign Contributions in Virginia

In the last 4 years (2015-2018), there were 544,923 contributions totaling $111,021,364 to Democratic and liberal campaigns, averaging $204 per contribution.

In the last 4 years, there were 151,304 contributions totaling $139,155,453 to Republican and conservative campaigns, averaging $920 per contribution.

(source: Federal Election Commission)

VIRGINIA POLITICS VOTING
VIRGINIA POLITICS VOTING HISTORY
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    Reviews for Virginia    73 Reviews
    NO JOBS - 12/31/2017
    Virginia is a lovely place to live and raise a family. But, there are no jobs here and it is a very unfriendly state. Housing cost is on the rise and incomes are on a... Read More

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    Beautiful state is being ruined - 12/24/2017
    Overpriced housing. Too much development. Not that many good jobs in Northern Virginia. Terrible traffic. Huge ugly data centers being built on every vacant plot of... Read More

    Lynchburg - 1/31/2016
    It is a great small town. I am not a big fan of Virginia's state government... Read More


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